verb (used with object), ravaged, ravaging.
to work havoc upon; damage or mar by ravages: a face ravaged by grief.
verb (used without object), ravaged, ravaging.
to work havoc; do ruinous damage.
havoc; ruinous damage: the ravages of war.
devastating or destructive action.

1605–15; < French, Middle French, equivalent to rav(ir) to ravish + -age -age

ravagement, noun
ravager, noun
unravaged, adjective

1. ravage, ravish ; 2. ravenous, ravaging, ravishing (see synonym study at ravenous).

1. ruin, despoil, plunder, pillage, sack. 4. ruin, waste, desolation.

1. build, repair. 4. creation.

1. Ravage, devastate, lay waste all refer, in their literal application, to the wholesale destruction of a countryside by an invading army (or something comparable). Lay waste has remained the closest to the original meaning of destruction of land: The invading army laid waste the towns along the coast. But ravage and devastate are used in reference to other types of violent destruction and may also have a purely figurative application. Ravage is often used of the results of epidemics: The Black Plague ravaged 14th-century Europe; and even of the effect of disease or suffering on the human countenance: a face ravaged by despair. Devastate, in addition to its concrete meaning (vast areas devastated by bombs), may be used figuratively: a devastating remark.
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ravage (ˈrævɪdʒ)
1.  to cause extensive damage to
2.  (often plural) destructive action: the ravages of time
[C17: from French, from Old French ravir to snatch away, ravish]

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Word Origin & History

1611, from Fr. ravager "lay waste, devastate," from O.Fr. ravage "destruction," especially by flood, 14c., from ravir "to take away hastily" (see ravish).
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